2003–04 Serie B


The 2003–04 Serie B is the 72nd season since its establishment in 1929. It is the second highest football league in Italy.

Serie B TIM
Season2003–04
PromotedPalermo (3rd title)
Cagliari
Messina
Livorno
Atalanta
Fiorentina
RelegatedComo
Avellino
Napoli
Matches played552
Goals scored1,287 (2.33 per match)
Top goalscorer Luca Toni (30 goals)

Teams


Treviso, Avellino, AlbinoLeffe and Pescara had been promoted from Serie C, while Atalanta, Piacenza, Como, and Torino had been relegated from Serie A. Following the Caso Catania, Fiorentina was added.

Events


Following the Caso Catania, the league had been expanded to 24 clubs, and six special promotions were decided to descend to 22.

Relegation play-offs were also introduced.

Final classification


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Palermo (P, C) 46 22 17 7 75 39 +36 83 Promotion to Serie A
2 Cagliari (P) 46 23 14 9 80 51 +29 83
3 Livorno (P) 46 20 19 7 75 45 +30 79
4 Messina (P) 46 21 16 9 71 45 +26 79
5 Atalanta (P) 46 19 20 7 59 36 +23 77
6 Fiorentina (P) 46 19 16 11 53 48 +5 73 Promotion play-offs
7 Ternana 46 18 15 13 64 52 +12 69
8 Piacenza 46 17 17 12 50 47 +3 68
9 Catania 46 18 13 15 53 53 0 67
10 Triestina 46 15 19 12 50 50 0 64
11 Ascoli 46 14 18 14 54 54 0 60
12 Torino 46 14 17 15 57 54 +3 59
13 Vicenza 46 12 20 14 48 51 3 56
14 Napoli[lower-alpha 1] (E, R) 46 10 26 10 35 43 8 56 Relegation to Serie C1
15 Treviso 46 12 19 15 48 51 3 55
16 Genoa 46 13 16 17 57 62 5 55
17 Salernitana 46 14 13 19 36 53 17 55
18 AlbinoLeffe 46 13 15 18 47 59 12 54
19 Hellas Verona 46 13 14 19 54 65 11 53
20 Venezia 46 12 15 19 40 57 17 51 Relegation play-offs
21 Bari[lower-alpha 2] (T) 46 13 11 22 50 63 13 50 Spared from relegation
22 Pescara[lower-alpha 3] (T) 46 11 13 22 46 69 23 46
23 Avellino (R) 46 8 13 25 51 69 18 37 Relegation to Serie C1
24 Como (R) 46 7 12 27 34 71 37 33
Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (E) Eliminated; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated; (T) Qualified, but not yet to the particular phase indicated
Notes:
  1. Folded after bankruptcy, new entity re-admitted to Serie C1 by Lodo Petrucci.
  2. Relegated after relegation play-off and later readmitted in place of Napoli.
  3. Relegated and later readmitted after newly relegated Ancona's bankruptcy.

Results


Home \ Away ALB ASC ATA AVE BAR CAG CTN COM FIO GEN LIV MES NAP PAL PES PIA SAL TER TOR TRV TRI VEN HEL VIC
AlbinoLeffe 3–3 0–4 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1
Ascoli 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–1
Atalanta 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–1 0–0 0–2 3–2
Avellino 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–3 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–0 3–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–3 2–3 1–0 1–0 6–0 0–1
Bari 0–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–2 1–3 0–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 4–1 1–2 1–2 2–1
Cagliari 1–0 3–0 5–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 3–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–0 0–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–0
Catania 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–1
Como 1–1 2–1 0–3 0–3 1–3 1–3 1–4 0–2 1–3 3–5 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1
Fiorentina 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1
Genoa 4–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–3 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 4–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 4–1 2–0
Livorno 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–2
Messina 4–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 1–0 2–2 3–0 3–0 3–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1
Napoli 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–1
Palermo 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 5–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 4–1 0–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 2–3 3–1 4–0 3–1 3–0
Pescara 4–3 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0
Piacenza 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 4–4 1–3 1–0 2–3 2–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–0
Salernitana 0–3 0–0 1–3 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0
Ternana 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 3–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–2 1–0 5–2 2–0 1–0
Torino 4–0 3–1 0–1 2–2 3–2 4–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 2–1 2–0 4–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1
Treviso 2–1 3–1 0–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1
Triestina 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 4–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–1
Venezia 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–2 1–2 0–3 3–1 0–2 2–2 3–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–1
Hellas Verona 2–3 0–1 1–2 2–2 4–3 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 4–3 3–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–3
Vicenza 1–0 2–3 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2
Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion play-offs


Fiorentina had to play a qualification match with 15th-placed team of Serie A, Perugia.

Perugia0–1Fiorentina
Fantini  10'
Attendance: 23,500

Fiorentina1–1Perugia
Fantini  47' do Prado  82'

A.C. Perugia relegated to Serie B, while ACF Fiorentina was promoted to Serie A.

Relegation play-off


Bari1–0Venezia
Bruno  57'
Attendance: 22,583
Referee: Pasquale Rodomonti

Venezia2–0Bari
Brellier  50'
Biancolino  90+4'

A.S. Bari was relegated to Serie C1 2004-05 but was later readmitted to Serie B in place of S.S.C. Napoli.

Top scorers


  1. Luca Toni, Palermo: 30